Ben Shires and the team are once again scouring the globe for the biggest, fastest and often weirdest official world record attempts and record holders out there.
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# Tightest space, longest snake
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# Officially, officially, officially amazing. #
Hello. I'm Ben Shires and welcome to officially amazing.
The coolest look at the wacky world of records
and record-makers that will leave you gasping in disbelief.
Today, we've got an extravagant array of Guinness World Records
and record attempts, including...
Our resident record-hungry student, Sizzlin' Steve, is launching
ping-pong balls around his kitchen
in a bid for record-breaking glory...
..I meet a woman getting undressed as fast as possible to try
and get into the record books...
..Haruka's in Japan giving her lungs a work-out...
..and Al finds out why this frothy-mouthed record holder
doesn't have the hump about serving his country.
But before any of that brilliance,
let's meet a man with zero fear in...
I'm here in North Carolina in the USA where today
it's all about record-breaking on two-wheeled speed machines.
This is Jesse Toler, one of the best motorcycle stunt riders
on the planet.
He puts on shows and takes part in competitions all over the world.
But today will be a severe test even for a man with his talents
as he sets out to try and break not one, but two,
Guinness World Records involving one particular motorbiking stunt.
No, not this, or this, but this.
A stoppie. What is a stoppie?
A stoppie is actually when you accelerate really fast and then you
rely on nothing but your front brakes to lift the bike
onto the front wheel and then carry that as far as possible.
-So it's basically a front wheelie, really.
-A lot of people call it a front wheelie or nose wheelie.
I definitely wouldn't try it. Sounds WHEELIE painful to me!
Just like that joke. And also plain dangerous too.
So don't try this anywhere, ever.
So, what is Jesse's first stoppie world record attempt going to be?
The highest rate of speed travelled on the front wheel.
That's the fun one.
Jesse has set himself a very fast target.
He wants to perform a stoppie while travelling at 150mph.
This record attempt is so dangerous because
if Jesse brakes too hard, he'll go headfirst over the handlebars.
He loves breaking records which is why he's often breaking bones.
My medical record is extensive.
In a nutshell, two ankles, a leg, a femur, two shoulders.
Collarbone. Six ribs, eight fingers, seven toes. 13 concussions.
Despite all the injuries,
Jesse just can't stoppie which is probably why his mum's worried sick.
It's very scary if you're a mother.
In fact, she's so worried,
she's sticking as close as possible to that ambulance.
Don't let your child do this. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
It's very, very hard.
BIKE STARTS UP
To get up to that maximum speed of 150mph and then balance on
that front wheel, Jesse will need to start from way back in the car park.
Even though this track looks ridiculously long,
150mph goes away pretty fast.
I'm only going to have about 700 feet at the end of the track
to stop, after all this.
So hopefully I don't run off into the gravel and get all messed up.
You'll be fine, Jesse, they've put cones out!
This is it. Can he do it?
OK, here we go. Record attempt time.
Wow, that looks fast.
But the speed gun will tell us just how fast he was going
when he did this.
Incredible! That's 145mph. Amazing!
So, Jesse's already set a new record but he really wants to hit
that 150 target, so he's going to flirt with danger one more time.
Here he comes again.
-Oh, surely that must have been quicker.
He hit that target of 150mph and he's done it.
-That's a new Guinness World Record.
Mum's delighted that he's still in one piece but Jesse's not done yet.
-He'll be back later...
-Let's make this record, here he comes!
..to try and set another world record for the longest stoppie.
But, first, prepare to be completely weirded out with Al in...
'Meet Ilker Yilmaz from Turkey who's about to attempt to
'create a Guinness World Record by extinguishing five candles
'with some milk in a very weird way.
'Will he squirt milk from his eyes?
'Spit milk from his mouth?
'Or shoot milk from his ears?
'Look away now if you're squeamish because it's pretty gross.
'Well, here's your answer. eyes it is.
'We don't know what his special technique is and, frankly,
'we don't want to know as we never want to try it.
'Just be sure you use milk for cereal and milkshakes and not for this.
'This is actually happening.
'You're watching a grown man trying to set a new world record for
'the quickest time to extinguish five candles with milk
'squirted from the eye.'
'I'm pretty sure I've never said that sentence before.'
'So that's two candles out. He is actually good this.
'That's three candles extinguished but he actually looks in pain.
'It's almost as if his eyes weren't designed to be
'milky water pistols(!) Go figure!
'By the way, an anagram of this man's name,
'Ilker Yilmaz is...
'Just thought you might like to know that.
'He's done it.
'Two minutes, seven seconds to extinguish
'five candles by squirting milk from your eye.'
'Now he's just milking it. Anyway, time for me to show you something...'
'Here in America, as well as police officers we have local sheriffs.
'They've got the car with flashing lights, the hat,
'the sunglasses, the badge, the hooves,
'the fur coat, the big hairy nose.
'Now I know what you'd say, Ben.
MIMICS BEN: 'Cor blimey, Al Jackson, you're taking the mickey.
'Nobody would make a camel a copper!'
-'Not with that dodgy accent I wouldn't.'
Meet Deputy Sheriff Bert.
He is officially a camel of the law.
-"BERT" IN AMERICAN ACCENT:
-Sir, please remove your hand
and step away from the vehi-cle.
And by vehi-cle, I mean me.
'Camel cops do seem a bit strange, even for you Americans is.
'Bert is not strange, he's a brilliant record holder.
'He just didn't have time to brush his teeth this morning.
'Bert stands for...
'He has the record
'or the highest-ranking position in law enforcement held by a camel.
-'His official title is Deputy Sheriff.
'So let me get this straight.
'Bert is the only crime-fighting camel in the world?
'Actually, he visits schools and talks to the kids.
'So, technically, it's more about preventing crime than fighting it.
'But how do you really know? You haven't asked my questions.
'What? I thought that was a joke. Are you serious?
'Totally. I've seen Chief Wiggum in The Simpsons,
'so I know loads about the police over there but not police camels.
'Now, ask the questions.
'Oh, all right. I'll ask Bert's partner, Nancy,
'seeing as camels can't talk.'
-Can Bert arrest anyone?
-No, he doesn't have arrest powers.
That's not in his job description.
-Does he have a sheriff's hat?
-'It's a fair question.'
-No, no, no.
-Is this guy for real?
-I have to ask this.
In a high-speed chase,
does he prefer to drive or does he prefer to be the passenger?
-Er, he'd be the driver.
-OK. Well, there you have it.
-Those questions are officially stupid.
But that doesn't Bert any less officially amazing.
'He might not wear a hat or drive in high-speed chases
'but Bert is still pretty unique.
'And you English are supposed to be the eccentric ones.
'Oh, we are, Al. We just do it in a more formal way.'
Here in Britain, we have an animal that ranks even higher.
In fact, so important is he
that I'm dressed in my very best in order to meet him.
He's a knight and he goes by the name of Sir Nils Olav. Toot-toot!
'And this is him. He lives in Britain and, yes, he's a penguin.
'But he is no ordinary bird.
'Sir Nils Olav here holds the record for being the highest-ranking
-But that's just silly. At least Bert has an actual job.
-'Your guy is just wandering around the zoo eating fish.
-How dare you!
'I'll have you know that Nils Olav was adopted by
'the Norwegian King's Guard in 1972.
'He served in the army as official mascot.
-'A penguin? In the army?!
-Yes, Al. Pay ATTENTION!
'And in 2008, after 36 years of uninterrupted service,
'if you ignore the bit where he died
'and was replaced by another penguin,
'Nils Olav became Sir Nils Olav -
'the King of Norway himself said that Nils was a penguin... '
..in every way qualified
to receive the honour and dignity of knighthood.
'And this is what some of his loyal subjects think of him.'
OK, guys, give me the skinny while he's not listening.
-What do you really think of Sir Nils Olav?
-He is a jolly nice chap.
-Doesn't suffer fools gladly.
-Very much black and white.
May I just say that it is lovely to meet you, Sir Nils Olav.
-Yes, it must be.
-If I could just ask a few questions.
-How does it feel to be a knight?
-Well, I don't know. Um, I like it.
-Yes, yes, yes.
-And can I ask what's your favourite food?
-Surely it should be iceberg-er?
-No, no, no. Listen.
-It's definitely herring.
-I'll be done?
-Sir Nils, thank you ever so much.
-Thank goodness that's over.
It's not every day you find yourself in the presence of such
a distinguished bird.
Sir Nils is not only a knight but is also officially amazing.
And get this. He even gave me a gift. A herring.
Great! Just what I wanted.
'I don't know why he likes them so much.
'It tasted awful and I was coughing up herring bones for days.
'Anyway, over to Haruka for...'
'This is FujiQ Amusement Park in the shadow of Mount Fuji.'
And this roller coaster is the reason why I've come here today.
'Its name - Takabisha - which means "high-flying car" in Japanese.
'I wonder why(?)
'Somehow I've stupidly agreed to ride it
'so I can experience its world-record-holding drop.
'Nothing like the sound of other people screaming
'to really calm the nerves.'
I'm really scared. Oh...
'The time has come!
'I should have asked for a sick bag.'
'Haruka is too busy screaming but she's meant to be telling you
'that this roller coaster travels at up to 60mph.
'Oh, and we told her this was the gentle bit. Whoopsy.'
OK, OK, OK. Now, the scariest part is coming up.
It's the record-breaking ride because it has the steepest,
vertical drop and it is 121 degrees!
'When I get to the top, that record-breaking drop awaits me.
'The reason this is the world's steepest roller coaster
'is because during the drop you actually go back in on yourself
'as do your insides.
'It's a lovely view of Mount Fuji at the top,
'not that I can really appreciate it right now.'
SHE SCREAMS AND WHIMPERS
No way! No...
'It's just getting embarrassing now. Did I really scream that much?
'I think it's fair to say the best thing about this roller coaster
'is that it only lasts two minutes.'
It was this much fun and this much scary.
It's the officially amazing ride in the world.
'This is Steve - Sizzlin' Steve to you and me.
'Before you go thinking he looks like your average
'kind of guy, you're wrong.
'He's a record-breaking demon and he does all his attempts from here -
'record-breaking HQ, otherwise known as his student flat in Portsmouth.
'And what's more, they're Guinness World Records that you - yes, you -
'can try to.
'So what has Steve got for me today, I wonder?'
Ho-ho! Look at this, it's Sizzlin' Steve, literally sizzling.
You couldn't make this stuff up. Steve, what's the record?
It's for the most ping-pong balls
bounced into a pint glass in one minute.
Is that it? That sounds pretty easy to me.
-'Uh-oh, I think I've upset the Sizzler.'
-The record is five.
'Well, that's told me.
'So Steve will be aiming to bounce more than
'five balls into a pint glass.
'Those sausages will have to wait, there are records to be attempted.'
-Steve, are you feeling good?
'Official adjudicator Claire is ready to time the attempt,
'keep count of the balls
'and make sure Steve is sizzling within the rules.'
Claire, what does Steve have to focus on
in order to get this record?
There's two things, Steve.
First of all, the balls must bounce once before they go that glass.
Number two, you must be standing behind this line at all times.
If you cross over that line, the attempt is immediately disqualified.
You have one minute. The record to beat is five.
'That's one in already.
'Steve must be two metres from the glass otherwise
'he'll be disqualified.' Aim for the pint glass, Steve.
That's the key. 'Steve is going for quantity over quality.'
Almost. Almost, Steve. Come on!
'And lobbing loads of balls
'in the vague hope that some will go in.'
Five, four, three, two, one. Time's up.
'Oh, no, devastation for the Sizzler.
'Time is up and he's fluffed it, just two balls bounced in.
'But all is not lost. He's going to give it another go.
'And to help him get into the right frame of mind,
'I think a bit of ping pong Zen time is in order.
CHINESE FLUTES AND CHIMES
Ping and pong.
And ping...and pong.
And pong...and ping.
'OK, that's quite enough of that. Back to the challenge.'
Three, two, one. Bounce!
It's already a quick start.
'But there is some way to go to beat the record of five.'
It's all about working out angles in this game.
And bouncing balls into cups. But mainly angles.
Oh! 'He's got two in now.'
-Halfway there. Oh, that's four.
Change the glass!
The glass change is allowed,
so Steve has room to bounce more balls in.
Only one more to go and you've equalled the record.
Two to break it. He is sizzling.
'Oh, look at that!'
Come on, sizzle for me.
-'Ping pong precision!'
Steve! Steve! You sizzled and you fizzled.
And look at that chin - it's a chisel. But did you get the record?
I think he got six. Claire?
Well, Steve, the record you had to beat was five.
You just achieved six in one minute. That's a new world record!
Congratulations, Sizzlin' Steve.
-How does it feel, sir? Look at that!
-I'm over the moon.
I didn't think I'd get that one, so I'm pleased with that.
You are obviously officially amazing and, who knows,
maybe someday you too will be officially amazing.
Because you're never too young to get a record
and you're never too old either, as this next bunch all proved.
Let's get funky.
-# When you look at me
-What do you see?
# I see an OAP
ALL: # Wah-ooh
# Let me sing it loud
# OAP, it stands for old and proud
# Well, how brave are you? Would you bungee from on high?
# This here is the oldest person to give that thing a try
# His name is Mohr Keet and he knew how to get his kicks
# Because he was still bungee jumping at the age of 96
# Now everybody knows that you can travel in an aeroplane
# But Tom Lackey was 85 with ambition on the brain
# He stood up on the wing while a plane did a loop-the-loop
# Do you think when you're that old
# You will be quite so super duper?
# Waaah! When you're over 65?
-# Won't you tell me
-What you're going to be?
# I'll be an OAP
ALL: # Waaah! Oooh!
# I'm the coolest in the crowd
# OAP, it stands for old and proud
# How would you feel about doing a really high abseil?
# Well, Doris here was 98 but she was one cool female
# From 60 metres up she made it back down to the ground
# Is she the coolest old adventurous woman to be found?
ALL: # Waaah! Woooh!
# When you look at me what do you see?
# I see an OAP
ALL: # Waaah!
# Well, let me sing it loud
# OAP, it stands for old and proud
ALL: # Oooh... #
Well, I don't know about anyone else,
but I'm an OAP who needs a cup of tea.
Far too strenuous this bungee jumping...loop-the-looping...
I really should settle down.
'Welcome back to North Carolina in America.
'Earlier on, we saw Jesse Toler bag himself a new Guinness
'World Record doing this at a colossal 150mph.
'But Jesse wants more so he's turned his attention from speed to
'distance, to see how far he can travel doing a stoppie.
'Now, we've already seen that a motorbike stoppie
'is when you balance on the front wheel rather than the back.
'And we know it's extremely dangerous and should never be tried.
'To go far in this distance record, here's what Jesse needs to remember.
'The stoppie starts when the rear wheel leaves the ground and ends
'when it touches back down again. Simple but dangerous.
'For this record, Jesse needs to beat a distance of 873 feet which,
'to us Brits, is around 266 metres.
'For the benefit of an excitable crowd, Jesse beat this distance
'but only just.
'The track here in front of the crowd is all chewed up
'by monster trucks and dragsters.
'So Jesse did another attempt to try
'and go further on this smoother tarmac
'at the other end of the strip. Here's how he got on.
'Look at that for blistering pace.
'He touches the front brakes and he's up onto the front wheel,
'but how long can he balance for?
'He's sailed past the 266 metres target and he's still rolling.
'304 metres! He's absolutely smashed it and he's still going!
'He's going to run out of track at this rate.
'Ooh, every centimetre counts.'
'I think that means he's happy. Incredible.
'Let's get the official verdict from adjudicator Freddie.'
-It looked pretty far to me. Was it?
-It was indeed.
It was actually 1,320.3 feet.
'Or, as we would say, 403 metres.
'That's just over one lap of an athletics track,
'all balancing on his front wheel.'
So Jesse Toler is now a double Guinness World Record holder.
Can we remove the sunglasses and get a bit of Jesse Toler emotion?
This is special, just for you.
Look at that, the eyes of the champion.
Not just officially amazing but doubly officially amazing.
'Crikey, that's double world record holder Jesse Toler!
'So let's leave this sun-drenched speedway now
'and head to a dingy dungeon for...'
Hi! Excuse the limping back there.
Picked up a few blisters off these chains.
And if you're wondering why I'm wearing all this kind of clobber,
it's because I'm about to meet
someone who is an expert in escapology.
'This is Sofia Romero.
'Escapology is the art of, well, escaping from things.
'And today, Sofia will be taking on, or rather off, a straitjacket.
'OK, can I get a key now, please?
'The straitjacket has been around since the 18th century
'and although it isn't used in the UK any more, it was designed to
'restrain dangerous patients and criminals and prevent them
'from being violent towards themselves and others.
'The jackets has a strap that passes through the legs to stop
'the person wearing it simply slipping it off over their head.
'There are buckles at the back and extra long sleeves are also
'tied behind the wearer, making it very difficult to escape.
'Difficult but not impossible.
'And this is why Sofia
'is already a world-record-holding escapologist.'
OK, Sofia, on my count, get yourself out of that straitjacket.
Three, two, one, go!
That's under five seconds.
'That was Sofia's demonstration of
'why she currently holds the world record
'for the fastest time to escape from a straitjacket at just 4.69 seconds.
'Today, Sofia will need speed and stamina as she tries to get another
'Guinness World Record for the most
'straitjacket escapes in one hour.
'And these are the rules.'
'And to get this new record, Sofia needs to escape at least 25 times.'
Right, well, the time has come.
We've got Sofia and her assistant, Roger.
I'm also joined by Manu, the official adjudicator.
-If you are ready, do you want to do the counting?
-Yes. OK, on my mark.
Three, two, one, go.
'We're off and running.
'Assistant Roger secures the buckles at the back, the leg strap
'and the arms.
'Adjudicator Manu checks it over.'
'He's happy and Sofia attempts her first escape.'
There you go, it makes it look easy. That's the first one of the hour.
'Here she goes again.'
Now, remember, the record is to get 25 escapes in an hour.
Now, I reckon if I had 25 hours, I couldn't make one escape.
'It may only take five seconds for Sofia
'to escape from the straitjacket but it takes almost a full minute
'to get her buckled back into it and checked to be ready to go again.
'While Sofia carries on,
'let's have a rummage around in our old film box.
'Have a look at this!
'Only the greatest and most famous escapologist of all time,
'Over 100 years ago, Houdini specialised in straitjacket escapes,
'though he often did so while suspended upside down from cranes
'and buildings. Look at that!
'Thankfully, Sofia has gone for a safer option to attempt
'But he's done it! Attaboy, Harry!
'So five minutes left on the clock, Sofia hasn't got long.
'Can she get a new world record?
'I'd love to tell you how she does it
'but Sofia's technique is top secret.
'All we know is, it involves speed, coordination and repetition.'
Five, four, three... 'She's almost out of time.
'She's not going to get this one.'
..two, one. That's the hour.
CHEERING AND APPLAUSE
'So she managed to keep going for the entire 60 minutes
'but was she fast enough to beat the target of 25 escapes?
'Let's find out from official adjudicator Manu.'
In one hour you managed...
'She's absolutely smashed it.
'With 49 escapes, she's almost doubled the target.
'She's officially lost for words.'
'That's the fourth new world record on today's show.
'See you next time for more officially amazing adventures.
# Yeah, Jesse rode that motorbike
# Breaking records with the front wheel
# Both stoppies were strong One fast, one long
# This dude is the real deal
# Sizzlin' Steve returned and a ping-pong record is what he earned
# I thought Sofia couldn't hack it but she got out of 49 straitjackets
# And don't get the hump with this guy or he will arrest you... #
# It's all officially amazing! #
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